(Co-)founder of MakeSense Brussels and SenseCube Brussels
“I believe everyone has the potential to be a change maker.”
Who are you?
I am passionate about social economics and have worked in this field in Belgium, Canada and Thailand. For 4 years, I worked on the ground as a microcredit adviser for a start-up that provides micro loans and trainings to people with more ideas than financial means. For the last 3 years I have been a community developer at MakeSense Belgium, an international movement dedicated to helping social entrepreneurs solve their challenges, where I initiated the MakeSense community in Brussels. I am also the co-founder of SenseCube Brussels, an accelerator programme for social start-ups.
Why are you part of Generation T?
I believe everyone has the potential to be a change maker, but we need to be connected to each other and to our local environment in order to act globally. I want to empower young people to become those change makers. Through active design-thinking, methodological workshops and networking events, I want to promote innovation and other ways to produce, create or consume and set up living examples. In this TEDx presentation I’m telling you more about it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi5q9BOgN-0.
A specific example on how your project or activities make a difference and initiate change:
The SenseCube Brussels is much more than an accelerator for social startups, it is integrated within an ecosystem dedicated to social innovation in Belgium. Startups that come to SenseCube are introduced to and supported by a global community of early-adopters and problem solvers, who help them solve their daily challenges. We also offer them a network of contacts, supporters and partners in more than 120 cities, as well as proven expertise in how to create and animate communities.